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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Spatialism is an art movement, headed by Argentinian artist Lucio Fontana in 1946, which came about right along with the birth of Abstract Expressionism in New York City. Fontana called the movement Movimento Spaziale. Spatialism combines ideas from the Dada movement, Tachism and Concrete art.[1] Fontana wanted to create art for "a new age" that would show the "real space of the world." What separated the movement from Abstract Expressionism was the concept of eradicating the art of the easel and paint, and try to capture movement and time as the main tenets in the work. Fontana's most famous works are his slashed canvases, which broke right through the picture plane. The legacy Fontana left was one for conceptual artists and environmental artists who would continue his ideas of transcending from the canvas and into the realm of reality.

Cyber Spatialism

In 2005, the Franco-German artist couple C├ęcile Colle and Ralf Nuhn produced a series of canvasses with computer connectors inserted into them, entitled "Cyber-Spatialism." The project was heavily influenced by Fontana's work. According to the artists, "by substituting Fontana's slashes with computer connectors, Cyber-Spatialism implies an extension of the canvas into cyberspace, and thus attempts to address the notion, that in today's (globalized) culture, real space is increasingly being replaced by virtual space."

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